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Time to “let it go”

Picture this: It’s 7 a.m. and a cute, cuddly 2-year-old wakes from her slumber and says, “Mommy, I want to watch Elsa. Pretty please, Mommy!” In my mind, I’m thinking, “This kid doesn’t want breakfast first?” Again she pleads, “Mommy, mommy, Elsa please!” Time to get up and as Anna says, “The sky’s awake, so I’m awake.” So we must play “Frozen” again!

Sound familiar?


The “Frozen” phenomenon began in Nov. 2013 and is just as strong now in Feb. 2015. When is enough truly enough?

To a child, it will never be enough.

Children love to be encapsulated in the fantasy world of Arendelle, pretending they have ice powers and saving their world from an everlasting winter. To a parent it can become rather exhausting and expensive.

For a parent, it’s not just watching the movie over and over, it’s purchasing Queen Elsa dresses, the hair and painting children’s bedrooms to match their favorite scenes.

It doesn’t stop there. Every store you set foot in has a “Frozen” aisle, where everything that can possibly be offered can be purchased, from bedding sets to dolls and puzzles.

It’s not just Queen Elsa that is popular, her sister Anna is the true hero of the story and must have her own line of merchandise.

The movie alone has made $1.3 billion in worldwide box office revenue, with DVD sales off the chart, earning the crown of highest-grossing animated film of all time.

New parents are even naming their baby girls Elsa, according to BabyCenter’s Top 100 Most Popular Baby Names of 2014.

This is the first time the name has ever appeared on the charts, the organization shared. What a difference a movie can make on people’s choices for the future for their children.

For the first time in forever, Disney’s California Adventure added a new additional to the park in January, naming the attraction “Frozen Fun.”

It has increased the popularity of the park, with wait times as long as 4 hours just to get a peek of the fun.

The only good news is that you can now have Elsa and Anna over at your house for the day.

Caught in the magic of storytime with Queen Elsa. Photo courtesy of Richelle Dante Photography

Although it is not much cheaper than a family of four going to Disneyland, but at least there is a V.I.P. access to the Queen and Princess Anna. Either way, you can’t escape the cast of “Frozen” they are everywhere you turn.

Story time with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna Photo credit: Michelle Lopez

One thing is certainly true, the movie is truly one-of-a-kind and has brought joy to many people all over the world.

Anna and Elsa’s story teaches about family, sacrifice and the meaning of true love. That is what makes this movie so great, but just like all great things, we can’t stay “Frozen” forever. Sometimes in life, we just need to “Let It Go.”

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